Born on February 16, 1972, Vicki grew up on an arable and pig farm in Hertfordshire. She was educated at her local primary school, followed by The
Perse School for Girls, Cambridge, where she achieved nine GCSEs, as well as three 'A' Levels in English, French and biology.
Having pestered her father to let her try racing, he took an old farm cart used for transporting pigs and added a lawnmower engine.
But her first love was horse riding, to the extent that her father placed an advertisement for the kart, apparently claiming that my 'daughter prefers four legs'.
Vicki started racing karts when she was twelve in a race also featuring a certain D. Coulthard.
After several years spent competing around Britain, at all of seventeen years of age she started her career as a racing instructor at
circuits such as Brands Hatch and Silverstone, as well as spending a
year living and working at Knockhill, Scotland. She has competed in
series such as Formula First and the 2000 Pentel
Ginetta Championship ( which she has guested in on several occasions
since ). She has also raced in many other events, such as the
Porsche Cup, Radicals, the Speyside Stages Rally, a combine harvester
race, a 24 hour 2CV race and, on two occasions, as
navigator for ITV's Formula One pit reporter Louise Goodman, in the
Rallye Sunseeker. In 2001 she raced a Honda Formula Four-Stroke
speedboat off of France.
At the 2004 British Grand Prix meeting at Silverstone, Vicki and her co-driver, fellow journalist Matthew Marsh,
won the Maserati Trofeo race, an event described by VB-H as "one of the
best moments of my life". She became the first woman ever to win a race in a Maserati.
She made her television debut in 1994, racing a Ford Fiesta at Brands Hatch in a one-off piece
for BBC2's Top Gear and was a regular presenter from 1997 until December 2001, during which time she also
presented Top Gear GTI for UK Horizons. In 2002 she moved to five's new Fifth Gear programme,
as well as presenting coverage of the BTCC ( British Touring Car Championship ) for ITV.
At the end of 2002 she co-presented the Virgin Radio Breakfast Show and has guested on other
programmes, such as Radio 4's Woman's Hour, XFM's Christian O'Connell Breakfast Show
and Radio 2's Steve Wright In The Afternoon. In 2008, she guest presented on Talksport
Other than presenting TV programmes, her journalistic career in print has included
Car Mechanics magazine, Carweek magazine, Auto Express magazine and What Car? She
helped launch Max Power magazine and was a regular contributor to Top Gear Magazine.
She has also written for a string of national newspapers, such as The Daily Telegraph, The Times and City AM
She has voiced or presented advertisements for, amongst others, Wrigleys
Extra Thin Ice and Sony Centre, as well as featuring in the Playstation 2 game Gran Turismo 4 Prologue.
You'll also find Vicki in Jeremy Clarkson's DVD, At Full Throttle.
She drives a VW Golf GTi Mark 2 and rides a Ducati Monster 750 motorbike.
Vicki's racing career continues a family tradition. Her father, Guy,
raced in the British Karting team and her late grandfather, Lionel,
regularly raced in the famous Hill Climb at Brooklands. Her younger
brother, Charlie, has also raced since the age of eight and
competed in the 2004 BTCC. They have an elder sister, Charlotte, while their mother, Valerie, featured in an episode of Fifth Gear driving a Lamborghini at Anglesey race track...
Vicki is married to Phil Churchward, a former Fifth Gear producer and currently Top Gear's Series Director.
- Vicki's personal trainer
- Along with the likes of Damon Hill, Martin Brundle and Frank Williams, Vicki is an ambassador for Go Motorsport
- The Perse School for Girls website.
- In her formative years Vicki asked "Jim'll Fix It" if she could ride the horse in the television series Black Beauty. She was also scared of "The Blob" under her bed...
- Wikipedia has an informative article about The Perse School For Girls here. It claims that it was the inspiration for St. Trinians...
- An article including information about the origins of the surname Butler-Henderson and how Vicki is distantly related to a famous poet.
- Vicki lives with Tiff...